How to Stick to Your New Year Resolution?

New Year is right around the corner and a lot of people will be pledging to various resolutions.
While some resolutions will be like quit smoking, start exercising, eat healthy others will be related to discovering, learning or experiencing something ‘new‘ and ‘challenging‘.

Question is why can’t most of us stick to the resolutions we make?

Is it an issue of commitment or motivation or we pledged a resolution we never wanted in the first place?

Here are 5 ways in which you can commit to your New Year Resolutions:

1) Put it on Paper

A lot of resolutions we make are in our mind and we want to start acting on them but somehow are not prepared to undertake that effort. Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail – your new year resolutions are no different.

First thing you need to do is write why you need to make this change next year?

What will happen if you don’t make this change?

How will this change impact your life and loved ones?

Once you answer all the ‘W’s’ – write it on a piece of paper and put it in your wallet. This will serve as a constant reminder to you and serve as a reinforcement.

2) Rate your resolution from 1 to 10

Bombarding your resolution list with action items will take you nowhere.

Rule of Thumb: keep it short, simple and sweet. Rate your goals in order of importance on a scale of 1-10 and start implementing the change from what means the most to you. Make your resolution and its action plan sustainable.

If you want to make some other changes you can add it as a midyear goal. But focus all your energy on the one and most important thing while you begin a new year.

Once you achieve that you will have more confidence on your abilities and a better chance to bring about other changes in your life.

3) Get it Engraved Somewhere

What makes a resolution stick is a daily reminder!

The problem with motivation is its not perpetual hence you need to get a daily dose of encouragement.

The best way to remind yourself of the ultimate goal is to get it engraved on something that you use every day. You can put it on your coffee mug or set it as a mobile/laptop desktop cover. Remember- stronger the reminder, stronger the reinforcement.

4) Involve Friends and Family

Nothing helps you stick more to a goal than support of your friends and family.

A strong support system will ensure you remain committed to your goal via their help and presence.

It also acts as a pillar in case of relapses and serves as a platform to help you bounce back in action.

5) Make SMART Goals and Reward Yourself

The other things you can do to manage relapses is to make time-bound goals for your resolution and celebrate small wins.

This will help you in refreshing your motivation and be more committed towards your goal.

So convert your resolution into specific time bound goals and evaluate yourself. If you meet the goal then you need to reward yourself accordingly.

If being happy is your goal then you can read our guide to stop comparing and start living. To improve your confidence level read our thoughts on how to improve your confidence level instantly.

Happy Pledging! 



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How to Stick to Your New Year Resolution?

New Year is right around the corner and a lot of people will be pledging to various resolutions.
While some resolutions will be like quit smoking, start exercising, eat healthy others will be related to discovering, learning or experiencing something ‘new‘ and ‘challenging‘.

Question is why can’t most of us stick to the resolutions we make?

Is it an issue of commitment or motivation or we pledged a resolution we never wanted in the first place?

Here are 5 ways in which you can commit to your New Year Resolutions:

1) Put it on Paper

A lot of resolutions we make are in our mind and we want to start acting on them but somehow are not prepared to undertake that effort. Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail – your new year resolutions are no different.

First thing you need to do is write why you need to make this change next year?

What will happen if you don’t make this change?

How will this change impact your life and loved ones?

Once you answer all the ‘W’s’ – write it on a piece of paper and put it in your wallet. This will serve as a constant reminder to you and serve as a reinforcement.

2) Rate your resolution from 1 to 10

Bombarding your resolution list with action items will take you nowhere.

Rule of Thumb: keep it short, simple and sweet. Rate your goals in order of importance on a scale of 1-10 and start implementing the change from what means the most to you. Make your resolution and its action plan sustainable.

If you want to make some other changes you can add it as a midyear goal. But focus all your energy on the one and most important thing while you begin a new year.

Once you achieve that you will have more confidence on your abilities and a better chance to bring about other changes in your life.

3) Get it Engraved Somewhere

What makes a resolution stick is a daily reminder!

The problem with motivation is its not perpetual hence you need to get a daily dose of encouragement.

The best way to remind yourself of the ultimate goal is to get it engraved on something that you use every day. You can put it on your coffee mug or set it as a mobile/laptop desktop cover. Remember- stronger the reminder, stronger the reinforcement.

4) Involve Friends and Family

Nothing helps you stick more to a goal than support of your friends and family.

A strong support system will ensure you remain committed to your goal via their help and presence.

It also acts as a pillar in case of relapses and serves as a platform to help you bounce back in action.

5) Make SMART Goals and Reward Yourself

The other things you can do to manage relapses is to make time-bound goals for your resolution and celebrate small wins.

This will help you in refreshing your motivation and be more committed towards your goal.

So convert your resolution into specific time bound goals and evaluate yourself. If you meet the goal then you need to reward yourself accordingly.

If being happy is your goal then you can read our guide to stop comparing and start living. To improve your confidence level read our thoughts on how to improve your confidence level instantly.

Happy Pledging! 



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